ReThink Review: The Purge: Anarchy - An Unlikely Allegorical Franchise

July 25, 2014 6:05 PM

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In 2013, The Purge surprised the movie industry by making almost $90 million at the box office -- a feat made even more impressive (and profitable) considering the film's $3 million budget. A possible reason for the film's overachievement might have been that The Purge, while marketed as a horror film, was actually a lean, scrappy political allegory about an alternate universe/not-too-distant future where the US government sanctions a yearly 12-hour orgy of no-holds-barred violence to supposedly cleanse the nation's soul of its citizens' violent desires, but with ulterior motives that seem more racist, classist, and politically conservative. While the first film took place almost entirely in a large house, The Purge: Anarchy plays out in city streets, showing you how different types of people experience the Purge in a franchise that continues to surprise and impress. Watch the trailer for The Purge: Anarchy below.

The Purge: Anarchy, which was naturally filmed in Los Angeles, follows a mother and teenage daughter (Carmen Ejogo, Zoë Soul) and movie history's most boring couple (Kiele Sanchez, Zach Gilford) who band together to survive the night while their heavily-armed protector, Sergeant (Frank Grillo), is h...

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